Yoga

Certified yoga instructor Susan Garner, RYT-200, teaches to all levels of expertise. Experience the ancient practice of integrating body, mind and spirit through meditation and movement. Breathe, move and connect with your inner self.

Usual Schedule:
Monday – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Wednesday – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Please check the Church Calendar for details on specific days and times.

Call 816-333-4917 for more information. $10 per class. Open to members, non-members, and all faiths.


The Practice of Yoga

Hatha Yoga: the Sanskrit word “ha,” means sun or powerful (masculine) energy, and “tha,” means moon or gentle (feminine) energy. The word “yoga” comes from the root that also gives us our word “yoke.” Consequently, hatha yoga is that part of yoga that seeks to unite our polarities and conflicts into a state of harmony. It is the yin and yang of life. Hatha yoga began 6,000 years ago in India. It is the oldest form of exercise.

By practicing a series of poses or “asanas” for both the body and mind, Hatha Yoga helps rejuvenate and bring into balance all aspects of the body: endocrine system, vascular system, nervous system and musculature.

Gentle stretching exercises, rhythmic breathing and meditation are the components of practicing yoga. By practicing yoga on a regular basis, students experience benefits from increased relaxation, normalized blood pressure, relief of minor back problems, and a steadied metabolism. Practicing yoga offers every student a sense of emotional calmness and a feeling of mental peace.

Namaste’: pronounced nah-ma-stay, is a word said at the end of every yoga class. Namaste’ means: I see the divine spirit of God in you, and you see the divine spirit of God in me. And if we are in that place together, we are one with God.

Meditation: the practice of “being” rather than “doing.” It is similar to prayer. When we meditate we are focused, quiet, and desiring relief, comfort and support. When we pray we have conversation with God. However, when we meditate, we clear our minds of all thoughts, chaos and clutter to achieve a quiet mind to reach serenity, stillness and a sense of calm. By focusing on the present moment we allow ourselves to simply be.

I Corinthians 6: 19-20
… do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that your are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

“My body is my temple and my postures are my prayers.” — B. K. S. Iyengar, creator of Iyengar Yoga.